Christian Paaske started his lessons at Yoga For Alle this week. If you did not have the chance to go you can watch it in norwegian. Paaske did clarify in a comment in Norwegian how do understand the below ,hence I have updated my original post. I still don´t get it all so I try to follow the lecture and book, and hopefully I get a clearer picture at the end.
Jnana yoga, the path to knowledge and wisdom, have one main question, who am I? In the Vedas there are 4 themes that answer this question:
- Dharma – the laws of the univers, the nature of all things. Like what does the sun do it shines.
- Moksha – Liberation.
- Artha – our basic needs have to be met before we can do anything else.
- Kama – pleasure and wellness in life. You find it in Ayuerveda, Feng Shui, Astrology and the Kama Sutra.
The Vedas are the original scriptures, and The Upanishads are its commentary and in depth study of the Vedas. The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most famous Upanishads. We are looking at Vedanta, number 1 and 2, in this series of talks. There is nothing to believe in and non – dualism exist.
The Bhagavad Gita is a text from the Mahabharata, and symbolises and a person´s inner conflict. The Bhagavad Gita consists of three parts, according to popular knowledge, Karma Yoga chapters 1-6, Bhakti Yoga chapters 7-12 and Jnana yoga chapters13-18. It is all about conciousness and what it is like to be human. Krishna is God, and Arjuna´s guide, in Arjuna´s inner war. The war takes place on the fields of Kurukshetra. According to Paaske the main message is «I am the electricity not the lightbulb.» Chapter 2 is the most famous one.
In his search for understanding Vedanta Paaske was adviced to see YouTube videos of James Schwartz. Schwartz has a course in the Vedanta for beginners. Paaske also said Ramana Maharshi is the clearest interpreter of Vedanta.